German British Forum


Dr Denis MacShane, Avisa Partners

  • Speaker Role: Security, Foreign Policy and Regulation panel
  • Speaker Details:

Dr Denis MacShane is one of the UK’s most prominent pro-European political campaigners and commentators. He was Tony Blair’s Minister of Europe, personal envoy to Europe, and UK delegate to the Council of Europe and a Labour MP for 18 years.

His 2015 book Brexit: How Britain Will Leave Europe is widely referred to as a “Cassandra style” analysis of deep-rooted British Euroscepticism. He hopes voters will prove him wrong.

In 2016 he is much in demand as a speaker and writer on the Brexit referendum.

Denis was born in Glasgow and educated at Oxford (MA) and London Universities (PhD).

He started his career as a BBC reporter. Before becoming an MP, he worked for the international trade union movement promoting trade union rights and wrote books on the steel industry as well as on global political issues.

He is now senior Adviser at Avisa Partners in Brussels and writes regularly on EU policy and politics for UK, US and European media outlets including Handelsblatt, the Independent, Politico, EurActiv, Libération and the Guardian.

Denis has four adult children and has won a prize as the fastest British MP on skis in annual Davos ski race between UK and Swiss parliamentarians.